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Harold (Bub) McGuire

Former Hoquiam resident Harold (Bub) McGuire died Feb. 8, 2014, at the age of 88. He was born on July 20, 1925, in Hoquiam, to Walter (Rabbit) and Bea McGuire. He graduated from Hoquiam High School and recently attended his 70th year class reunion. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, spending two and a half years in Guam. Following his discharge, he graduated from Grays Harbor College and then went on to Central Washington State. He spent 30 years with Weyerhaeuser, working in Aberdeen and Enumclaw. At the time of his retirement, he was the Northwest Regional Quality Control supervisor. He enjoyed fishing, clam digging and golfing. He also enjoyed Hoquiam High School sports and proudly wore his Hoquiam shirts wherever he went. He will be missed for his mischievous sense of humor and the twinkle in his eyes.

Eunice Edna Ekman

Eunice Edna Gordhamer Ekman, was born in Manston Township near Rothsay, Minn., on Aug. 11, 1920, to Otis and Melvina Gordhamer. She passed away in Aberdeen, Wash., on Sept. 6, 2014, surrounded by family. She was 94. Eunice grew up in a farming family in western Minn., graduating from Barnsville High School in 1939. During World War II, she moved to Washington where she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Boeing aircraft for the war effort.

Louise Porter Witherspoon

Louise Porter Witherspoon, age 91, a resident of Ocean Shores since 2005, died on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Grays Harbor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Aberdeen. Mrs. Witherspoon was born on Jan. 26, 1923, in Savannah, Hardin County, Tenn.

Steven Paul Auld Sr.

Steve died on September 10, 2014 due to a traffic, pedestrian accident. He was born in Aberdeen March 24, 1957 and grew up in Hoquiam. His favorite sport was football. He played football and ran track for Hoquiam Jr. and Sr. High School. His freshman year he ran the fastest time in the 200 meter. His biggest joy was taking his family camping and taking his boat to the Auld reunions and pulling the kids around the lake on tubes and teaching the adults how to water ski.

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Elizabeth Rose Huttula

Liz died at the Gulke Manor Adult Family Home in Montesano, Wash., surrounded by her family and caregivers on Oct. 3, 2014. She was born to Ursula Tibbles and Carl Auer on Sept. 28, 1924, in Seattle, Wash. Liz was raised in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1940. Liz met Russell Blake Huttula in Seattle in 1941, while she was attending the Seattle University School of Nursing. Liz graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1944, and married Blake at the University Lutheran Church in Seattle on June 10, 1945. In the winter of 1949, Liz and Blake moved to Elma, Wash., purchased the Elma Pharmacy and made Elma their permanent home.

Josephine “Granny” Parker

Josephine “Granny” Parker, 92 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam, Wash., area resident, died on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam. She was born on March 21, 1922, in Nantahala Township, N.C., to John and Alice (Haney) Neal.

Arnold Otto Skopil

Although Arnold Skopil was born April 14, 1925, in the German region of the new Czechoslovakia, he was a German citizen who had a love for the sport of Soaring ever since he first flew a primary glider in the 1939.

Jollene A. Miller

Jollene Ann Miller, 40, a resident of Aberdeen, passed away on Sept. 20, 2014, at her home in Aberdeen. Jollene was born in Aberdeen on Nov. 6, 1973, to Joseph A. and Susan L. (Ashby) Merino.